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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Reducing Sodium; Healthy or Unhealthy

Yeah, we are getting mixed signals on the subject of decreasing your salt intake and the question arose whether this was healthy or unhealthy. We all know that consuming less sodium lowers blood pressure and hence decrease the chance of heart problems.

Recent research however showed that decreasing your salt intake may increase both hormones that cause the kidneys to hold on to salt and your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The latter would present another potential risk for heart disease and heart attacks.

However, the study was only taken over the course of 30 days, which doesn't give the body enough time to adapt and consuming less salt is not a bad idea. The average daily sodium consumption is over 3,000 milligrams in the States and recommended is a daily intake of 2,300 milligrams or 1,500 milligrams for people sensitive to sodium, such as people over 50 and those with high blood pressure.

Based on the results:
people who eat "reasonable" amounts of sodium, around 2,400 to 3,600 milligrams per day, shouldn't worry about eating less, but should instead focus on quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and losing weight if they are too heavy.

With all these controversial study results, it is hard to tell what is healthy and unhealthy. It can't hurt to watch what we eat though and make some necessary changes if need be; we may live longer.

There is no controvery with God; He is clear and to the point and we don't have to watch how much we consume daily. Actually, the more we take in, the healthier it is and it will lead to eternal life!

John 6:54
Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.


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